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2500m C2 challenge series

Posted by thepeteplan on February 26, 2011

Just a short entry today to blog about a short rowing session. I had to keep my 100% record up for the C2 challenge series, having done every month’s challenge since it was introduced. Ok, for the free t-shirt each year mainly. I’m not in medal contention this year, having finished in the top 3 the past 2 years, as a number of very fast people are taking part in the 30’s event this time. So 6 days after the 2k in Boston, and still feeling pretty drained from the whole event, my heart wasn’t really in doing a very fast time. I will be honest, I did plan on breaking 1:37.5 though, but expected that to come fairly comfortably.

2500m = 8:12.4 / 1:38.4 / 30
500m splits:
1:37.4 / 31
1:38.8 / 30
1:39.2 / 30
1:39.3 / 30
1:37.7 / 31

Then this afternoon I had to do a pure ego row. I was walking through a shopping centre in Southampton and saw a gym promotional stand with 2 ergs. They were running a competition to win a year’s membership to a new gym opening there, and to the winner was the person who could row the furthest in 30seconds. The best so far was 175m, so I couldn’t resist. In my jeans and normal shoes, not a single stroke for warm up, and on the mandatory maximum drag (so around 220 as the ergs were brand new) I set off. Peaking on a 1:13 split I covered 196m at an average pace of 1:16.x, which I believe may be a pb for the little rowed 30sec sprint. Now if I do win what will I do with a year’s membership to a gym about 50miles away? Does anyone live in Southampton?

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